A professional harpist based in Houston, Hope Cowan frequently performs as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and event harpist. She is also sought after as a harp teacher, and teaches lessons to students of all ages.
Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, Ms. Cowan relocated to Houston, Texas to pursue her music education. She has a Master’s of Music degree from Rice University and a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Houston, both under the instruction of Paula Page.
As an orchestral musician, Ms. Cowan is the principal harpist of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. She has also played with various orchestras including the San Antonio, Mississippi, Baton Rouge, Victoria, Lake Charles, Brazos Valley and Southeast Texas Symphonies. Recently she was featured as a soloist with the Brazosport Symphony.
An avid chamber musician, she has appeared with SYZGY: New Music at Rice, The Foundation for Modern Music, AURA, MUSIQA and her own performing ensemble: The Deciduous Trio. The Deciduous Trio is a harp/flute (Amulet Strange)/viola (Stephanie Mientka) trio that is committed to bringing their ensemble’s unique sound to diverse audiences and expanding its repertoire. An advocate for new music, Ms. Cowan frequently performs contemporary solo and chamber music.
Ms. Cowan has also participated in a number of prestigious music festivals including the Chautauqua Festival Institute, Roundtop Festival Institute, the Texas Music Festival, and the Avaloch Farm Institute.
A committed and passionate teacher, Ms. Cowan teaches private lessons in her home in Katy, TX. She also teaches through the preparatory department at the University of St. Thomas and is a harp coach for the Houston Youth Symphony. She frequently runs clinics and workshops in school districts all over the Houston area, and regularly teaches in the Alief and Fort Bend ISDs. She is also on the faculty at the Houston Summer Harp Festival, a summer camp for middle school and high school harpists held at Houston Baptist University (http://houstonsummerharpfestival.com/).